In the past 12 months, Google has demonstrated its commitment to developing and releasing new products outside of Android, such as Android 12L for tablets and the upcoming Pixel Watch for wearables. The Verge reports that Google scrapped plans to release a new Pixelbook laptop sometime in 2019, which was one of several expansions the company had planned for the coming year.
The Pixelbook project was scrapped as part of Google’s ongoing efforts to reduce operating expenses, and the employees who worked on it have been redistributed to other teams.
Google’s hardware leader Rick Osterloh told The Verge that the company was “planning to do Pixelbooks in the future,” which the publication fondly remembered.
The company’s official line, as reported by The Verge, is as follows: “Google does not share future product plans or personnel information; however, we are committed to building and supporting a portfolio of Google products that are innovative and helpful to our users. In regards to our people, in times where we do shift priorities, we work to transition team members across devices and services.”
On October 6, Google is expected to announce new hardware, such as the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, a new Pixel Watch, and, according to speculations, updated Nest Home products. Google is also on pace to unveil a Pixel foldable device sometime next year, albeit it won’t be at the next event.